Great Crested Grebe

- posted by Rosey Pounsett

As with all grebes, the Great Crested Grebe is a specialised waterbird, spending the majority of its time on the water. They rarely walk on the ground, but when they do, it is in a very clumsy way. There has been a pair of Great Crested Grebes breed at Lake McIntyre regularly for the past several years. They arrive in spring and make their nest in the Ribbon Grass (Triglochin) in the middle of the lake. The chicks can swim almost immediately but prefer to catch a ride on the backs of their parents.After raising the chicks together the parents then fly off leaving the juveniles to follow later when they have learnt to fly.


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